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The Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum is a unique construction focussed on building connections between & with the GAA Clubs & business groups based in the Asia-Pacific & Gulf Regions. Introduced formally in 2007, the APIBF events bring together Irish business people, people doing business with Ireland & Friends of Ireland in the dynamic Asia-Pacific & Gulf Regions.

The early commitment by Dick Spring, FEXCO and former Tánaiste & Minister of Foreign Affairs to travel to Singapore in 2007 to attend the inaugural APIBF enhanced the credibility & prestige of the day-long event.  His participation since that time has been a constant support to the voluntary team who organise the annual events. 

Since 2007, the APIBF has grown in substance & has become a feature of the annual Asian Gaelic Games weekend. It has been hosted successively in Penang, Malaysia (2008), Bangkok, Thailand (2009), Hong Kong, China (2010), Seoul KOrea (2011) with Ireland rounds held in Dublin in 2011 and 2012, attracting in excess of over 1,000 individual attendees from around the region & from Ireland, between all the events.  

An important development in 2011 was the work to reach out to the Irish business community based in Ireland to improve the awareness of Asia, to share experience & to forge connections with the Irish business networks working in the region.
The GAA was hugely enthusiastic about the concept & the GAA President Christy Cooney was familiar with the APIBF work through his participation at the APIBF 2010 in Hong Kong.  

The APIBF Conference at Croke Park on 17 June 2011 at Croke Park attracted 300+ delegates from Ireland & Asia with keynote speakers from both regions & including the Tánaiste & Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Eamon Gilmore. A special feature of the half day forum was the active participation of representatives of most of the major business groups and networks in Ireland, including Imelda Reynolds (Dublin Chamber of Commerce), Colin Lawlor (Irish Exporters Association), Danny McCoy (IBEC), Ian Talbot (Chambers Ireland) and Mark Fielding (ISME), together with Ambassadors and trade representatives of a number of Asian countries.   

The event was followed up by a hugely successful 2012 conference in Croke Park where the Taoiseach Enda Kenny gave the keynote address, supported by leaders of Irish business in Asia, and ambassadorial representatives of the Asian diplomatic corps in Ireland.

A further tangible support for Irish business has been the publication of the APIBF Business Directory 2011-12 which includes details of Irish business groups and key contacts in the Asia-Pacific and Gulf Regions. This valuable resource for Irish business was supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.   

The 6th annual Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum will be hosted by the Malaysia Ireland Business Network in Kuala Lumpur on 25 October, on the eve of the 17th annual Asian Gaelic Games.

The Asia Pacific Ireland Business Forum has been run to date entirely by voluntary effort with the generous support of a range of sponsors in particular PCH International and Enterprise Ireland. The Irish Embassies in the region have also been very helpful & active in their support. Special thanks are due to Liam Casey of PCH for his ongoing interest & support.

None of this work would be possible without the support of the Irish business groups in Asia-Pacific & the Gulf, GAA Clubs & Asian County Board which have enthusiastically adopted & supported this initiative from the outset.

Ní neart go cur le chéile - No strength without unity.


The Connacht Council is a Provincial council of the Gaelic Athletic Association sports of hurling, Gaelic football, camogie, rounders and handball in the province of Connacht. The Connacht Council has been partnered with the New York and London County Boards to help develop Gaelic Games internationally. Connacht Council's main contribution to this goal is the provision of resources such coaching and referees.

Croke Park has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years. Boasting a capacity for 82,300 people, the stadium is the home of Gaelic games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. We work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales on global markets. In this way, we support sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment.

Guinness is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. It is brewed in almost 60 countries and is available in over 100.[1] Annual sales total 850 million litres (1.5 billion imperial or 1.8 billion US pints). The company has had its headquarters in London from 1932 onwards. It merged with Grand Metropolitan plc in 1997, and is now part of the British based multinational alcohol conglomerate Diageo.

Kerry Ingredients

Kerry is one of the largest and most technologically advanced ingredients companies in the world, producing thousands of application specific ingredients for the world’s leading food manufacturers and foodservice companies. With our world class manufacturing facilities and dedicated sales offices, we have a strong presence in Asia. Our product development teams specialise in application specific ingredients designed to meet the needs of our customers.

At Kerry, we understand that food ingredients are central to the taste, texture, appearance and functionality of the finished application. Our ingredients help drive the development of new menu items ensuring varied, innovative, and creative products. In the dynamic Asian market, with its fast paced changing lifestyle trends, Kerry Ingredients is, increasingly, the supplier of choice for the region’s leading food companies. Our aim is to add value, increase speed to market, reduce complexity, improve functionality, and deliver high quality convenient ingredients.

We offer authentic flavours, enhanced texture and mouthfeel, shelf life stability, convenience, cost effectiveness, functional characteristics and specific nutritional profiles – whatever your requirements, we are confident we have the technology and application expertise to support you. Our team of development technologists provide comprehensive knowledge, practical help and guidance for all our product applications.

PCH International

PCH International was founded by Liam Casey in 1996, with corporate headquarters in Cork, Ireland and operational headquarters in Shenzhen, China.

Our services span all stages of the consumer product development and supply chain, from concept to delivery, and all critical steps in between. We combine our end-to-end services with a unique understanding of China and transparent partnerships to deliver absolute peace of mind to our clients.

PCH is the partner behind-the-scenes responsible for some of the most successful consumer electronics accessories launches. PCH is the enabler, turning an idea into a physical product in the hands of a consumer while optimizing quality, cost, and time-to-market for our clients.

Our clients are located all over the world, from the technology giants of Silicon Valley to every corner where promising opportunities arise. To successfully capture these opportunities, PCH has established 10 regional offices across multiple time zones, ensuring that we are always available to service and anticipate the needs of our clients.
ESB International

ESB International (ESBI) is a growing international energy company and one of Europe's leading engineering and consultancy organisations. We are part of ESB's non-regulated businesses and operate across a wide area of the energy industry.

We invest in, build, own, operate and maintain power stations nationally and internationally, as well as trade electricity in competitive European energy markets.

ESBI provides a full range of engineering, operations and maintenance solutions and strategic consultancy services to the global energy market.